Police: Burglar needed strip club cash

March 4, 2009 10:34:15 AM PST
The suspect told police he needed to feed his addiction.Police charge Brian Stabile with several burglaries dating back to October 2008. Stabile was arraigned by video feed Tuesday morning on theft, burglary, stalking and other charges and remains in Montgomery County Prison.

Detectives say while he was being arrested on the theft charges, he told them he committed the crimes in order to feed his addiction to going to strip clubs.

Investigators say Stabile broke into a home on the 1800 block of Eland Downe on October 28, 2008 and stole jewelry. Then in November 2008, a burglary on the 1600 block of Eland Downe resulted in the theft of a computer and digital camera.

In both cases, police say Stabile got into the homes by breaking out a window under a deck and climbed in through the basement window.

Police say on December 10, 2008, Stabile broke back into the same home he had in November and confronted the woman inside. She called police and sprayed Stabile as he tried to return a CD that was in the computer taken during the burglary in November. After the woman sprayed mace at Stabile, she fled to a neighbor's home and called police.

A knife, keys, a glove, and a chisel were found at the crime scene by Cpl. Patrick Mark.

Later, on February 27, 2009, police arrested Stabile for an attempted theft of an ATM machine in Plymouth Township. Investigators got information about the Phoenixville burglaries and Stabile admitted to them, according to police.

Police searched Stabile's home and found more evidence linking him to the burglaries, and on March 3rd he was later identified by the woman whose home was broken into twice.

Stabile remains locked up in the Montgomery County Prison and is expected in court again next week.

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